Carrick-on-Shannon Community School had a very successful day rowing at their inaugural trip to Rowing Ireland Schools Championship Regatta in O’Brien’s Bridge, Limerick on Sunday last.
First out on a busy morning representing Carrick in the women’s U23 double were Shauna Murtagh and Gemma Guckian. Despite some excellent rowing in the heat they did not make the final in this age grade but are both underage for the next few years to build on this performance.
Next up the ever present Junior 15 double of Aoife Lowe and Elsie Harman came second in their straight final. With a bit more competitive action this boat will feature at many of this year’s regattas. Shauna Murtagh then switched to the single scull and came first in the U23 heat but just missed out by seconds of the A final.
The Junior 16 of quad of Grace Creighton, Ailbhe O’Rourke, Eva Brogan and Orlaith Guckian put in a strong performance winning their very competitive heat leading to a very impressive 4th in the final in a tough age group.
Carrick struck gold in the next straight final with Gwen O’Rourke dominating the J15 final against Coleraine Grammar School.
Following on from this both Junior 15 Ladies Quads won with style in their respective finals. Aoife Lowe, Kate Lowe, Patricja Kaminska, Maeve Holahan and Eolann Nugent (cox) rowing in the first final followed on by Gwen O’Rourke, Mhairi Regan, Grace Coles, Nessa Flynn and Phelim Flynn (Cox) in the second.
Next up for Carrick RC will be Lough Rynn Regatta this May Bank weekend. This promises to be a magnificent occasion with 39 clubs and 433 crews from around the country entered. Many of our crews that didn’t enter the schools regatta will be returning to competitive action.
Our parents will be catering for the regatta to raise much need funds for new equipment, while many of our coaches and senior members will be busy with the running of the regatta. This is a huge event for the county Leitrim venue. For anyone that wants to volunteer and become part of the event please contact us on 0863366007
In other news at the AGM of Rowing Ireland it was agreed that Lough Rynn will now be the host to the schools and University Championships of Ireland next April along with a new national junior event in September 2019 which will rotate annually between Lough Rynn and the National Rowing Centre in Cork.
We thank the dedicated staff of Leitrim County Council for dedicating so much time and energy to this wonderful project.